Yesterday we discussed who we might give Jesus Montero up for. Now I want to discuss which of those players the Yankees might be able to get with a package built around Montero. Here is the full list of names, from the original post and the comments:
Evan Longoria- unlikely. He’s an all around superstar signed to a team friendly deal.
Justin Verlander- I think that you might be able to steal him this offseason with a mega-offer, as IIATMS speculated this morning.
Zack Greinke- Never going to happen. Ace pitcher just coming into his own and signed to an affordable deal.
Joe Mauer- This depends on how contract negotiations go with the Twins. They could not get him today, but possibly at the deadline if it seems like he will hit free agency.
Felix Hernandez- You would have to empty the farm along with Montero, but he could be had.
Hanley Ramirez- Hanley is signed long term and does not get really expensive until 2012. He is probably untouchable until then, although the Marlins have shown a willingness to trade young stars for the right package.
Albert Pujols- The Cardinals would never trade him.
Tim Lincecum- Is there a more untouchable player? Cy Young pitcher on a team that will have no problem paying him.
Matt Wieters- You could get him, but adding any legitimate prospects to Montero makes it a bad deal for NY.
Jason Heyward- Same deal as Wieters.
Justin Upton- He is unsigned and will become expensive soon, but he is not going anywhere for the time being.
Brian McCann- I think you could get him with a Montero/Chamberlain plus package, but I do not love his body type.
Grady Sizemore- Definitely possible. I’d like to see him bounce back before giving up Montero.
Roy Halladay- Could be had. Do you want to sell the farm for a 33 year old?
Troy Tulowitzki- Great player and leader signed to a stellar contract. Not available.
Pablo Sandoval- I think Montero could give you Sandoval like production, so I’m not making that trade.
Tommy Hanson- It would take Montero plus, and I’m not sure it is worth it.
Ryan Zimmerman- Just signed to a good deal, staying put.
Adam Jones- The O’s are not going to trade their best young players to the Yankees.
Nick Markakis- See above.
Matt Kemp- The Dodgers are a franchise that can pay Kemp, and will.
Jon Lester- Never going to happen.
Adrian Gonzalez- He’s blocked by Tex, but Montero plus could get him.
Josh Johnson- Very possible. A package built around Montero would get you Johnson, would be like the Beckett deal.
Ryan Braun-Braun’s contract is one of the most team friendly in the sport. He will be a Brewer for a long time.
Clayton Kershaw- If he is traded, it will be for one of the other’s on this list, not prospects.
Stephen Strausberg- Too much hype for the Nats to trade him.
Basically, I think a strong package built around Jesus could get you the following players in the proper circumstances:
Verlander, Mauer, Hernandez, Wieters, Heyward, McCann, Sizemore, Halladay, Sandoval, Hanson, Gonzalez, Johnson.
Agree? Disagree? Have players to add?
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